Kolkata, Jul 28 : Former Indian captains Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly have been listed among the guests and awardees in the year-long centenary celebration of Quess East Bengal which was inaugurated by ex-India skipper Baichung Bhutia by lighting the traditional lamp at the club tent at Maidan here today.
A large colourful procession was taken out by the officials and club fans from the house of one of the founder members Suresh Chandra Chowdhury at Kumartooly in north Kolkata to club tent with torch ( logo of the club) to mark the beginning of the year-long celebration. Before shifting to present premises, East Bengal players began their field work from Kumartooly maidan in north Kolkata.
Red and Yellow was formally founded August 1, 1920. but on this day Suresh Chandra Chowdhury conceived the idea, which fructified four days later and born East Bengal. EB has decided to confer Bharat Gaurav award to 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev and felicitate former India skipper Saurav Ganguly on August 1 to mark the foundation day at Netaji Indoor Stadium when chief minister Mamata Banerjee will grace the occasion.
The Kolkata giants have designed their centenary year jersey keeping in mind the design of the oldest traceable jersey of the club. East Bengal also unveiled their two new shirts for home and away play for seasons 2019-20 on Saturday.
The Red and Golds along with their kit sponsor Kaizen Sports conceptualized the new jersey keeping in mind the design of the oldest ever East Bengal home jersey of the club which could be traced. It was worn in the year 1925 or 1926. Quess East Bengal FC board member Debabrata Sarkar said,“Our idea was to design the centenary year’s jersey similar to the first-ever jersey of the club. We tried to trace back as much as possible but unfortunately could not find out the jersey that was worn in 1920. So the oldest one we found was roughly in the year 1925 or 1926. This jersey was found at former player Nepal Chakraborty’s museum at his residence.” (UNI)